Sincerus Solutions August 2020 - Page 12

STAYING FOCUSED AT THE OFFICE THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING FOCUSED AT By this point in human history the science is undeniable: multitasking is not your friend. Employees should do it to whatever degree they are required but beyond that they should not seek out multitasking because the facts show it kills productivity. The average desk job employee loses 2.1 hours a day to distractions and interruptions; that adds up to over a full day of work every week. Being distracted by incoming calls or emails can lower employees’ IQ by as much 10 points. The number one skill that set most productive employees apart from the rest of the world’s highly distractible employees (who think they’re multitasking) is the ability to ruthlessly focus on one task at a time. This article will explain why and how to help you be one of those productive people. First, focusing on one task requires planning, believe it or not. Starting your day without a plan is just asking for distraction and inefficiency. When you sit down in the morning to plan out your to-do list it forces you to prioritize and consider what tasks will have the highest impact on your work. This prevents you from getting lost in the never-ending weeds of seemingly urgent, yet unimportant work. Employees who do this are the ones who move the needle on important projects and catch the attention of superiors as big contributors. Next, intentionally focusing on one task at a time has been proven the most efficient way to move through the work day. It lowers feelings of stress, frustration, and perceived effort. Working through your to-do list one task at a time is an effective way to become a happier, more productive employee. People who are less emotionally or physically drained are able to accomplish more than those who are, on average. There are rare situations 12 SINCERUS SOLUTIONS | RECRUITING & STAFFING SOLUTIONS